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Harvest of the Lord
October 30, 2017


Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”         Matthew 9:37-38

As harvest season comes each year, I contemplate the goodness of the Lord who created a world that would give of itself to provide for us, sustain us, and nourish us. The rhythm of planting, growing, harvesting, and resting was essential to the life and worship of Israel as God established His covenant with them. God has revealed to us in scripture that He has been about the work of planting, growing, and harvesting throughout history. God planted the seeds of His salvation plan through men like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. He grew, weeded, pruned, and watered them under the leadership of David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and many others. Then, when the moment was right, God brought fruit to bear in its fullness…God sent His Son, Jesus, to be the fulfillment of all the long expectations, the fruit of long labor, the firstfruits of a great harvest. 

In Jesus, the moment came for the harvest of God’s Kingdom to begin. In Jesus’ death and resurrection, the way was opened for reconciliation between God and humankind. As Matthew 13 illustrates for us, God plants the seeds of the salvation message in our hearts. We then have the opportunity to choose whether those seeds are nourished, given a place to take root, and the opportunity to flourish. We also have the opportunity to be fruit that allows seeds to be borne out from us into the world, producing more fruit and amplifying the harvest. God has been at work from the very beginning to bring about a fruitful harvest.  Jesus tells us that the time for the harvest has come, the fruit is plentiful…now, God calls us to work his fields as harvesters.

In the month of November, we will celebrate God’s faithfulness and goodness as the Lord of the Harvest.  We celebrate that God did not let us wither and die in our sins…God did not abandon us to our own self-destruction.  Instead, God plants, nourishes, prunes, and waits…He grafts us into a source of life that will never fail—Jesus Christ. We will have the opportunity to reflect with thanksgiving upon God’s goodness.  We will celebrate the ways in which God blesses us and covenant to give back in gratitude and obedience a portion of those blessings. We will celebrate the ways in which the church is already planting, nourishing, pruning, and harvesting in our community and explore ways we can do that better in the next year. God is the Lord of the Harvest…may we be found to be faithful workers in His fields.


Pastor Jessica Henks

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